Tree Paintings And Sweden

Silk Painting | Whims And Fancies

I took a silk painting class a couple of weeks ago at the local art supply store.  Sadly, I didn’t learn anything new from the class, but I got to play with new medium and paint.  We were painting scarves, but I wasn’t necessarily thinking of wearing this scarf.  I decided to paint an improvised tree using the paths taken by the colours during their absorption into the fabric.

Once I had wet my scarf, I blended some brick red, orange and taupe as the background and started drawing the tree.  Afterwards, I added a bit of fluffy falling snow using the same colour.  I liked silk as a medium enough to purchase another white silk scarf and a bunch of colours before I left the store.  Silk is very absorbent, wet silk made the paint spread out a lot more than I anticipated.  I can’t say I am completely happy with the finish, but I’m hoping for improvement as I practice more.  I wonder if I can use silk for quilting.


Eclipse Tree Ink Painting | Whims And Fancies

Trees are a lot of fun to draw.  I don’t have to think much, I simply let the lines dictate my drawing.  This is another tree I painted on a bookmark.  I was going to do a watercolour wash and make it a daytime painting.  Then I saw the bottle of orange ink on my desk and ended up drawing an eclipsed moon.  Once I finished painting the background with a recently-acquired blue ink, it became a completely different painting than my original intention.

A few weeks ago I mentioned about our trip to Sweden and I promised to share more.  Special thanks to Lara and Mary for encouraging me to write about this journey.  Before I begin, here is a little summary –

12 days ( includes 3 days for plane travel )

1500 miles

22 cities

1111 photos

It will take me a couple of months to go though all the photos.  However, I have the photos sorted enough to share a skeletal version of the trip.  So here we go –


Kiruna Sweden Lapland | Whims And Fancies

I am addicted to the North and I longed to see the Swedish Lapland.  That’s what took my husband and me to the mining town of Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden.  It was a very long journey from Northern California to Kiruna and there was the dreaded jet lag.  We stumbled outside for some dinner and spotted the glowing sky.  Neither one of us had ever seen an Aurora before.  Our tired brains took a little time to realise what we were looking at.  Still not really believing our eyes, I looked up the aurora watch sites for nightly activity.  Surely enough, it was an Aurora Borealis.  A mild storm, but a storm nevertheless.  We hurriedly ate our dinner, bundled up with ample clothing to stay warm and headed out to find a dark spot armed with camera and stand.

Kiruna Sweden Lapland | Whims And Fancies

This is the whole of Kiruna airport.  There is a small Hertz centre off to the side where we got our pre-reserved car.


Kiruna Sweden Lapland | Whims And Fancies

Kiruna mine at night


Abisko Sweden Lapland | Whims And Fancies

After a long rest and a lot of coffee, we headed out next morning to explore the Swedish Lapland in our car.  We drove up to the Norway border on a beautiful road that stretched through lakes, mountains and wilderness as far as the eye could see.  We stopped whenever we found parking, walking closer to the lakes, taking in the cold, desolate beauty of a generally wintry land.


Abisko Sweden Lapland | Whims And Fancies

It was September, but it was frigid already and storm clouds were looming.  It poured the next day as we were leaving the Lapland.


Kiruna Sweden Lapland | Whims And Fancies

We wondered if we would be able to see the aurora one more time before we had to leave Kiruna.  We got lucky.  The northern sky cleared enough for us to get another glimpse of the aurora and it was breathtaking.


Arvidsjaur Sweden Lapland | Whims And Fancies

We started our southbound journey the next day.  After a nice lunch at Arvidsjaur we went to see the Sami Church Village.  A group of people were playing treasure hunt in the open park.


Arvidsjaur Sweden Lapland | Whims And Fancies

The colours on some of these logs are so beautiful, I couldn’t resist taking a few detail photos.


Bla Vagen Sweden | Whims And Fancies

We spent the late afternoon driving through the famous Swedish Blå Vagen, the Blue Road.


Bla Vagen Sweden | Whims And Fancies

The road goes through long, beautiful lakes on both sides.  We took a break to enjoy the sunset.  It was late when we got to Umeå, where we spent the night before continuing southwards.

Hope you enjoyed the first part of our journey through Sweden.

Until next time,


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My Show And Tell

Rainbow Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



I am really wowed by the number of you who decided to join the online quilt trunk show.  Thank you!!!  I have gotten so much inspiration from your beautiful quilts, it will last me more than a lifetime.  I was going to quietly host the trunk show, but I was subjected to peer pressure from my dear friends to do a show and tell as well.

I have been doing art all my life, mostly in the form of painting and photography.  I started sewing in 2012 when I came across paper piecing.  Since then I have been drawing with fabric in the form of designing paper piecing patterns.  Here are a few finishes from my humble collection.  I have a link under each picture if you wish to know a little more about that work.

Rainbow star is one of the earliest wall hangings I made.  I spend a lot of nights outdoors, enjoying the Universe through my telescope.  This wall hanging represents the lifecycle of a star.  The three blocks are Starlight Converging, A New Star and Starlight Diverging.



Union Jack Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Union Jack


I spoil my cats by making lots of quilts for them.  My first quilt is an Union Jack mini, which is my kitty’s favourite quilt.  Then I made this lap quilt for my husband and a cushion for myself.



Music Instruments Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies


Piano Sonata & Supermassive Black Hole


Playing musical instruments always evokes certain emotions in me.  I tried to reflect the characters of calm and harmonious classical music and the dynamic mood of rock music using quilting and colours.


Greek Alphabet Quilt Patterns | Whims And Fancies




This quilt was inspired by the term To Hellenikon or Greekness, coined by Herodotus.  I love visiting old abbey ruins. The colours were drawn from the colours of Monks’ habits – khaki and brown,  old and hard-wearing.  They represent the everlasting influence of Greek civilization. Using the layout and horizontal quilting, I mimicked a page from an exercise book, used by someone who is learning to write.



Freedom Read Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies



I made this mini as a remembrance of my grandmother.  Although she was denied formal education because of being a woman, it never stopped her from reading and learning the value of equality.  She passed on her love of reading to me which continues to free my mind, just as it did hers.   I also made this mini in red, white and blue for the country that lets me have a voice.



Fair Isle Star Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Behind Blue Eyes


I was reading up on the history of British knitting, and these patterns are based on traditional knitting designs.  This is a quilt I made for my special blue-eyed cat, Mr. Montague Wilberforce.  He loves to lounge on this quilt while being close to us.



Spring Kites Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Spring Kites


I have always loved kites.  I have often daydreamed of being carried away by one.  This little mini is one of my favourites.  This was my first time hand quilting.  I hand quilted the puffy clouds and I love the texture.

I hope you enjoyed my little trunk show.  You can find my other works under the Finished Works tab at the top of the page.  It also includes knitting, painting, etc.



Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies


Now it’s time for prizes!!  Alongside Whims And Fancies, I also have Aurifil Threads, Meadow Mist Designs, Craftsy, Fat Quarter Shop, Sew Fresh Quilts, and Cooking Up Quilts sponsoring this event.  Many thanks to all of them for supporting this online quilt trunk show so generously.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for participating and also to those of you who visited the blogs and left comments.  It was great to see everyone visiting each other.  As I mentioned earlier, I am not very fond of competition.  There was no judging, this quilt show was just for fun.  I randomly selected the winners for the prize packages.


Many congratulations to all of you!!!

Prize package 1 winner  – Quilts from the Little House

Prize package 2 winner – Grey Cat Quilts

Prize package 3 winner – BuzzinBumble

Prize package 4 winner – Val’s Quilting Studio

Prize package 5 winner – Ruth @ CB Crafty Corner

Viewers’ Prize winner – Carol – Just Let Me Quilt



Online Trunk Quilt Show | Whims And Fancies

Trunk Full Of Quilts – An Online Quilt Trunk Show


This concludes our online trunk show.  Some of you showed interest in making it an annual event.  I will definitely keep that in mind if enough of you are interested in joining me next year.

Happy Quilting Everyone,





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